Epigenetics I: Turning a DNA packaging problem into a developmental control system

Two postings back, I promised a commenter called Sierkovitz that I would discuss epigenetics. This is an important subject with ...

In Israel, ethnic origin category scrapped for genetic testing

Jews should no longer be categorized by their ethnic origin when being tested for hereditary conditions, says the Health Ministry ...

Virginia governor issues executive order for newborn screening

Critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) affects 300 infants in Virginia each year. Gov. Bob McDonnell has directed a work group ...

North Texas man among first to try stem cells for heart failure

Rayes suffers from congestive heart failure, a condition caused by a heart so weak it can't effectively pump blood through ...

Sweat glands grown from newly identified stem cells

To date, few fundamentals have been known about the most common gland in the body, the sweat glands that are ...
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Genetic gamble: A new cancer treatment’s tantalizing promise brings heartbreaking ups and downs

Mrs. McDaniel, the 69-year-old wife of a retired corporate executive, had gambled on the ultimate in personalized medicine, an approach ...

Epigenetics alters genes in rheumatoid arthritis

A research team at the University of California, San Diego – led by Gary S. Firestein, professor in the Division ...
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Scientists develop genetically modified dairy cows

Chinese scientists have genetically modifying dairy cows to produce milk with different properties, the U.K.’s Daily Mail reports ...

A community’s twist on genetic tests

In Williamsburg, a bustling Brooklyn enclave across the East River from Manhattan, a sect of ultra-Orthodox Jews dresses in garb ...
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A topically applied skin lotion that modifies your genes

Future genetic therapy could be as simple as applying a topical lotion, with nanoscale compounds soaking through your epidermis to ...

Melon genome obtained

A consortium of nine research centres has obtained the melon genome, a horticultural specie with high economic value around the ...

Rewiring DNA circuitry could help treat asthma

Reprogramming asthma-promoting immune cells in mice diminishes airway damage and inflammation, and could potentially lead to new treatments for people ...

Genes for breast size found

Researchers have identified seven genetic markers linked with a woman's breast size, according to a new study. While it's was ...
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The genetic legacy of “Jewish Catholics”

At the time of the expulsion of 1492, Sephardi Jewry comprised the vast majority of world Jewry, totaling about 400,000 ...

More genes pegged to Osteoarthritis

A large genome-wide association study has identified eight new loci that confer susceptibility to osteoarthritis, researchers reported ...

Transgenic technique to ‘eliminate’ a specific neural circuit of the brain in primates

In the brains of humans and non-human primates, over 100 billion nerve cells build up complicated neural circuits and produce ...

Scientists tie DNA repair to key cell signaling network

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston researchers have found a surprising connection between a key DNA-repair process and a ...

Common diabetes drug promotes development of brain stem cells

Researchers at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) have found that metformin, a drug commonly used to treat Type II ...
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The black is a better athlete?

Michael Johnson, the 4-time Olympic Gold Medal winning sprinter, is standing by his assertion that black athletes have a "speed ...
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Genetic weakness to cancer found to be reversible

The cause and effect relationships between these mechanisms are easier to delineate than the cellular action of either carcinogens or ...
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Cancer, data and the fallacy of the $1000 genome

Here’s Mark’s key message: The time of the $1000 genome meme is over. It served us well for years – ...
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Organ printing from stem cells

Tissue engineering is bringing together advances from stem cell biology, microfluidics, robotics, and 3-D cell culture to develop novel products ...

Update on gene therapy

Researchers at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO) published proof-of-principle results showing a role for telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT) ...
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Genetic screening of embryos to be allowed

The Swiss government has agreed that embryos created via in vitro fertilisation (IVF) can, under strict conditions, be screened for ...

Stem cells may cure liver failure

A way to revive failed livers through stem cells could be available within the next few years as clinical tests ...

Regulation of telomerase in stem cells and cancer cells

Scientists at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics in Freiburg have gained important insights for stem cell research ...

Genetic variant is linked to obesity and insulin resistance

A large study in people at risk of diabetes has found a direct association between the presence of a small ...

Stem cells can beat back diabetes

University of British Columbia scientists, in collaboration with an industry partner, have successfully reversed diabetes in mice using stem cells, ...